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The Powers of Ten

Watch “Powers of Ten”

client: IBM

A rough sketch for a proposed film dealing with the powers of ten and the relative size of things in the Universe. A linear view of our universe from the human scale to the sear of galaxies, then directly down to the nuclear of a carbon atom. With an animated image, a narration and a dashboard, it gives a clue to the relative size of things and what it means to add another zero to any number. Music by Elmer Bernstein.

About the film

Powers of Ten is a 1968  documentary short film. Both written and directed by the Eames. Based on a 1957 book “Cosmic View” by Kees Boeke, the film and book share the structure of the Boeke original.

In 1998, “Powers of Ten” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Check out the Library of Congress’s info on the Eames and the Power of Ten, as well as links to their other work.

For more information visit the official Powers of Ten site and the Powers of Ten page on Wikipedia.

Finally, if you don’t know what the Library of Congress is, it’s the “oldest cultural institution in the United States”, of course – at least according to Wikipedia! Here’s another explanation.



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